Wednesday, 30 January 2013

The Phantom Surfers - Istanbul. Lookout Records 7". Lookout 156.



I don't know who made the decision to sign The Phantom Surfers (and, indeed, The Go-Nuts) to Lookout, but it was a fairly strange one. I suppose there was all that filthy sell-out lucre they'd earned on the backs of Green Day or The Offspring to get through. I can't imagine they sold that many records despite seeming to spend quite a bit on the releases (their first Lookout LP had a Jack Davis cover!). Anyhow, Larry Livermore's losses are our gain. Here's the cover of a track by The Renegades (Istanbul) and a Phantom Surfers original (Tokyo Twist). Enjoy.

The Phantom Surfers - Istanbul. Lookout Records 7". Lookout 156.

Sunday, 27 January 2013

The Royal Pendletons - Goner Records 7" EP. 4-GONE


This early Goner release features New Orleans' finest frat act, The Royal Pendletons. The four tracks on this seven could easily have been lost in the vaults since the 60s. Smokin' is a rocking instrumental that nearly runs away from the bass player (keep your ears, er, peeled towards the end), Sheep Suit is an excellent companion piece to Sam the Sham and The Pharoahs' Lil' Red Riding Hood, Losing Hand is a stomping frat rocker and instrumental Royal Blood Part II would grace the back catalogue of any 60s instro band. The pressing isn't great, so there are a number of crackles (it used to jump, but I managed to eke one straight play out of it). Play it loud. Enjoy.

The Royal Pendletons - Goner Records 7" EP. 4-GONE.

Monday, 21 January 2013

Microdisney - Crooked Mile. Virgin Records America LP.


Technically speaking, this is the 250th upload available via this site.  There have, however, been a few 'supplementaries' which take the total above that. But, for ceremony's sake, this is the 250th upload. I'm surprised there has never been a concerted reissue of Microdisney releases. Whether this is an oversight or former band members not agreeing on things I have no idea. So, take this, love it, cherish it like a first born. Dance to it if you must. Back in the days when the world was in black and white, I was in a band which supported Microdisney. Just the once. And they were, by far, the nicest, most helpful band we ever supported. And we supported other bands who went on to both chart and cult success. But these were the nicest. (Closely followed by The June Brides). Enjoy.

Microdisney - Crooked Mile. Virgin Records America LP.

Saturday, 19 January 2013

Thee Mighty Caesars - Caesars Remains. Hangman Records LP. Hang 46-UP


A bit of Billy as we've not had any for a while now. This is one that survived The Great Fund-raising Billy Cull of several years back due to two things; the picture on the sleeve - beer crates, mid-air Caesars and Napalm Death t-shirts, how incongruous can you get? - and the quality of the material contained within said sleeve. It's difficult to argue against the opinion that Thee Mighty Caesars were it where Billy Childish bands are concerned. The die was cast with this band, everything that came after was a retread (Thee Headcoats) or inferior (the 'British Empire' band). Not to say that what came after wasn't worth listening to, more that this feels like a peak. Turn it up. Jump and down. Enjoy.

Thee Mighty Caesars - Caesars Remains. Hangman Records LP. Hang 46-UP.

Sunday, 6 January 2013

The Fall-Outs - The Fall-Outs. Sub Pop / Super Electro LP. Super 02.

This is the first LP proper by these mainstays of the Seattle garage / Mod scene. It was issued by Steve Turner on his Super Electro imprint, with distribution by his then label, Sub Pop. The band plays a kind of pounding 60s-influenced guitar pop. A sunnier take on The Swinging Neckbreakers, but with fewer pairs of winklepickers. I've their Estrus-released singles collection primed and ready to go if this one takes anybody's particular fancy, and I'm fairly sure I have their second Super Electro LP release, Sleep, on the shelves. Enjoy.

The Fall-Outs - The Fall-Outs. Sub Pop / Super Electro LP.  Super 02.